At Experience Institute, you will learn interdisciplinary skills that engage your mind, shape your values, and help you create meaningful tools alongside remarkable people.



The year is divided into trimesters that are comprised of meetups and curriculum. You will leave Experience Institute with a professional network, unique hands-on experiences, creative confidence, and a deep understanding of five core competencies:

Ei Meetups take place in Chicago, IL

Meetups are a mix of hands-on workshops led by industry professionals, community events and projects, and structured time for individual reflection and planning.

During these Meetups, you will also connect with Ei companies to explore how you may fit as an apprentice over the course of the year.



  • Open Applications
    February - May 2017
  • Interviews + Invitations
    May - July 2017
  • Meetup 1
    August 2017
  • Apprenticeship 1
    September - December 2017
  • Meetup 2
    January 2018
  • Apprenticeship 2
    January - May 2018
  • Meetup 3
    May 2018
  • Apprenticeship 3
    May - August 2018
  • EXPO
    August 2018




Over the course of the year, you’ll have the opportunity to design apprenticeships with Ei Host Companies and/or your own independent projects. Our community will help you pursue your passions and hone your skills while building a body of work.


Together, we'll identify companies you hope to learn from or projects you aim to create. Think of this as establishing your classes. We have remarkable teams offering paid and unpaid apprenticeships to our students, but you can also reach out beyond our network. In any case, we'll help you design a year for personal, academic and professional growth.


With a community behind you and a cohort of students next to you, you’ll have an audience interested to hear and learn about what’s happening with you. Documentation will be a combination of video, photography, blog posts, newsletters and other creative outlets.


After each experience, you'll be challenged to present your story using various mediums. At the end of the year, you'll create a final project that embodies your year of experience. EXPO, gathers together friends, family and future employers to celebrate the growth and lessons from your year.



Ei Coaches are hand-picked for their experience taking leaps of their own and for the manner they've pursued excellence in their industry. They spend time supporting a small cohort of Ei students throughout the year, helping them navigate and mine their experiences for meaningful learnings.





At the end of your third experience, you’ll present your year of projects and learnings to family, friends, and individuals from your community.  Every year, we celebrate the year-long journey of creative individuals who've engineered their own education through experiences around the globe. EXPO is an invitation to hear their stories, meet our amazing community, and share a beautiful meal together.


Cohort Stories


Program Costs

Tuition for this 2017-2018 Fellowship is $12,000 & includes:

  • Pre-Course focused on Ei's framework to design your learning.

  • Three, Two-Week Meetups in Chicago around Five Interdisciplinary Competencies.

  • Weekly Coaching to offer support throughout your courses and experience.

  • Ongoing co-working space in Chicago throughout your experience.

  • Final EXPO event to capture and celebrate your Leap Semester.


Join us for the FIFTH class of the Leap Year Fellowship